Purported iPad Pro 2018 Case Image Indicates Mysterious Rear Cut-Out Above Lightning Connector
The iPad Pro 2018, which is also known as the iPad Pro 3 has bead roaming around the rumor mills for quite a long time now. Recently, an alleged photograph of the device’s case has surfaced showing a rear cut-out above the lightning connector of the handset.
The said purported image of the iPad Pro 2018 case was shared by Slashleaks. This hinted that the upcoming iPad from the Cupertino-based tech giant will flaunt a new feature at the back of the handset just above the lightning connector.
It is also worth noting that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple is working on two new upcoming iPad Pro 2018 models that will measure 11 and 12.9-inches. The said images that surfaced are allegedly for a 10.5-inch model, which is likely a reference to the upcoming 11-inch iPad featuring slimmer bezels and a bigger display.
Moreover, the leaked iPad Pro 2018 case images remind of Mac Otakara’s report way back in July, which suggests that Apple has moved the Smart Connector on its forthcoming redesigned iPad Pro models. It is said that from the side portion of the device it will be relocated to the bottom proximate the Lightning port.
Also, after that report, a purported CAD image was shared by mobile leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer. In the image, one can see that the Smart Connector is already gone from its typical position and a new oblong hollow is present near the Lightning port.
The cut-out which was seen in the alleged iPad case leak recently appears similar to the indentation in the CAD render. Nonetheless, there’s still a difference from the render since this case still features a horizontal cut-out akin to where a Smart Connector is positioned on the current iPad Pro models.
Numerous questions now arise due to the alleged image of the iPad Pro 3. One of which is how a projected Smart Connector on the bottom portion of an iPad Pro would function with Apple’s Smart Keyboard.
Additionally, the repositioned connector would necessitate a new vertically oriented Smart Keyboard. But then a keyboard in that positioning would seemingly be uneven, most particularly for the bigger iPad Pro 2018. Aside from that, it would likely be inappropriate for Office-style efficiency work.
Mac Otakara proposed that the Cupertino-based tech giant is making the modification because the Face ID will function only when the iPad Pro is positioned in a vertical orientation. Nonetheless, previous details from Mac Otakara hinted that Apple was working on a horizontal Face ID. This will be incorporated with its upcoming iOS 12 and can be seen in the iPad Pro 2018 models, which are anticipated to feature Apple’s TrueDepth Camera system that was first introduced on the company’s premium device, the iPhone X.
Supporting Mac Otakara’s report, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman stated that the horizontal Face ID support is intended for the forthcoming iPad Pro 2018 models. He also claimed that these devices are expected to make their first appearance in September.
As of now, the purpose of that mysterious cut-out seen in the iPad Pro 2018 case photo is still unknown. How about you? What do you think is the purpose of the cut-out just above the lightning connector? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.